Hi Tony - not arrogant at all! You've touched on an aesthetic that
continues to keep me tethered to the deed of nature recording. Like R.
Murray Schafer has written: nature performs, we provide the secretarial
On Saturday, June 2, 2012, soundings23 wrote:
> Hi All, just for interest here are two very quiet recordings I uploaded t=
> Soundcloud this morning. Both are hydrophone recordings taken yesterday
> near where I live.
> I was in two minds whether to upload them, because they are so quiet. But=
> I was fascinated because they are so full of tiny detail, especially the
> pond at Chudleigh. I also found that I enjoyed listening to them without
> excessively turning up the gain - which just seemed to increase the noise
> of my Edirol's pre-amp.
> As I said on the soundcloud page, they make me think of sound work by the
> like's of Francisco Lopez, Radu Malfati and Bernhard Gunter .
> Ages ago there was a review of this sort of quietness in Ed Pinset's Soun=
> Projector magazine where, reviewing Lopez's "Untitled 74" he said
> "There's something going on there all right, but what is it? How is it
> possible to record and produce sounds so remote and tiny that you're only
> dimly aware of them? ... No point turning up the volume - that'll only
> cause more damage - these are fugitive spirits, like fairies of the air
> which will vanish if you draw to near to them."
> I like that. And I like what the hydrophone reveals of these tiny sound
> BTW, while writing this, I felt like I was reviewing my own recordings -
> which would be odd and not a little arrogant - but I don't feel these are
> my recordings, I simply dropped the hydrophone in a pond, hit record, and
> listened - so I'm reviewing and sharing thoughts what I heard rather than
> what I did with what I recorded.
> Be glad of any thoughts on very quiet sounds, or links to anything simila=
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